J. J. Abrams Taking On The Dark Tower After Lost


It’s less lame than it looks.

With Lost fast approaching its final season and Star Trek about to hit theaters, what’s a TV genius to do? Well, apparently adapt one of the craziest book series ever written into film.

Stephen King’s Dark Tower series took him 25 years to write, and once you read it, you’ll see why. It’s one of the most surreal experiences with literature I’ve ever had, and the whole time I was thinking, “This would look awesome on film, but it would never happen.”

Why? Well, not only because Clint Eastwood is too old to play Roland Deschain now, but because the story is so complicated, and so deep, I couldn’t see a film made without losing too much in the process, and I can’t see audiences reacting well to the story which takes mind****ery to a new level.

But if anyone can do it, it just might be J.J. Abrams, who acquired the rights to the series in 2007 after meeting with Stephen King (allegedly a big a Lost fan). The project would allegedly be a Harry Potter-esque seven picture deal, with seven books to cover, but that might be a bit too much for studios to handle. I mean, if Chronicles of Narnia is barely crawling to three movies, I can’t see the (should be) rated-R King series making it past the second feature, even with Abrams behind it. Not that it wouldn’t make an excellent seven film series, but I doubt America’s intelligence and patience to go see the films, making them profitable enough to warrant the continued sequels.

There are few films series that can extend all the way to seven, and they’re either staples of entertainment culture (Harry Potter, James Bond) or they’re awful horror movies (Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm St.). The Dark Tower is unfortunately neither, and I don’t think there are enough die-hard King fans to make the films float that far.

I really hope this happens, I do. I’m just trying to be realistic. But anyways, on to the real question, who would you cast in the movie? Look for my thoughts tomorrow.

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  • Parker Jammstein

    Here’s who i got for some of the many, many characters
    Roland Deschain-Josh Brolin
    Eddie Dean-Edward Norton
    Susannah Dean- Thandie Newton
    Jack Chambers- Kodi Smit-McPhee
    Randall Flagg- Christian Bale
    The Crimson King- Either Sir Ian McKellan or Christopher Lee
    Eldred Jones- Kiefer Sutherland
    Dandelo-Gerard Butler

    And I’m hoping Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, Bruce Campbell, and many others are considered. This is gonna be a ridiculous cast, no matter what

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  • Warren

    I can’t possibly imagine this working, not even a little bit, I’ve wanted it for a long time but this amounts to taking a 10,000 or so page story and condensing it to about 14 hours of film, I just don’t see it translating. And seriously how would they handle the ending? Your average movie goes is not going to like the ending.

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  • Brandon

    Warren. Simple way to tackle the ending. End it just like the books. I’m not going to throw any spoilers or whatnot, but I can totally see it ending where King throws in his little words of wisdom ‘read no further’. Then the credits rolling. At the end, as in many movies these days, have a nice little after credit scene, whatever they call it.

  • I hope that if it does get made they go about it the same way the Lord Of The Rings movies were made, shoot them back to back and so on.

    As for casting, I will say that after seeing “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” I think that Brad Pitt could pull of a very good and heart-felt Roland.

    Sam Rockwell as Randall Flagg
    Casey Affleck as Eddie Dean
    Nia Long as Susannah Dean
    and i will agree with Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jake

    I think getting Christopher Lee as the Chrimson King would be enough to melt my head.

    Also I think Sam Elliott as Steven Deschain.

  • Bomi

    All in all, the series will probably be best as a tv series of sorts. It would spike new interest without losing the original fanbase. It would also allow for all the intricate details of the series to exist. At the same time, it would be a damn long series…

  • stuetzl

    Funny that nobody thought of these:
    Viggo Mortensen – Roland Deschain
    Jack Black – Eddie Dean

    Why Viggo Mortensen: Apart from having played Aragorn, have you seen ‘Hidalgo’? It mostly sucks, but it shows Viggo in a similar role as he would be in Dark Tower. And I really think he could look like a younger version of Clint Eastwood, by losing a few pounds

    Jack Black: Take a someone who can’t be taken seriously. Imagine him as a H-junkie. Make him lose a few pounds, the more the series progress.

  • enjoi

    Jared Leto as eddie hands down.

  • Forsaken

    Bruce Campbell as Roland! cmon people think about it!!!

  • Forsaken

    I will agree with Warren’s post about fitting all of this into 7 films. Even Harry Potter couldn’t get alot of its good info into the films, and this story is wayyy more epic. If Abrams was smart he would just make this into a sci-fi TV series and make all the seasons he wants! It’s not like this will be a more difficult series to make than Lost considering this story is already written! Most of the people i know aren’t movie goers and this isn’t a story you are going to want to half-a**, and that’s exactly what will happen if it’s made into a film.

  • Alain Cuthbert Deschain

    I’m not going to really go into casting all that much here, I’d just like to say that I’m surprised no one has mentioned Dennis Quaid as Roland. It seems such an obvious fit to me. I’ve always found him underrated as an actor, and I have to say that I thought Ryan Gosling was a perfect fit for Eddie (go watch “Half Nelson”).

    But I would submit that completing the series as a film is doomed for failure. If you did it in less films, say 3-4, then you’re robbing the viewer and telescoping it far far too much. If you do it as 7, then the viewer will never see past the third film… as it is far too myopic and strange a topic to make enough scratch to warrant 7 films.

    It seems to me that it’s obviously meant to be a series on HBO and nowhere else. It’s possible that you could do it in 4-6 seasons of 12 episodes. Take “Wizard and Glass” for instance. Instead of it being told as a palver, it could occurr as flashbacks throughout the first few seasons. Just my thoughts.

  • skeletor the blk oct.

    I honestly believe it can be made a movie if it is condensed into 3 parts and they take their time. This is the only fictional book series I have ever followed and I would be pissed if they destroyed my image of this novel.
    P.s. Sam elliot as Eldred jonas is exactly how I saw it in my mind and it would probably be the only one that would fit.

  • Chi-Tree

    When I read the second book of the series, The Drawing of the Three, and Eddie Dean was described through Roland’s eyes, I instantly thought of Jared leto in Requiem for a Dream. Thats just the visual I connected to Eddie Dean while reading the books. Now that an actual cast could be in consideration, Jared Leto seems more and more like the perfect actor for Eddie.

    For Susannah I could see Thandie Newton being good. I could also see Zoe Saldana, or also Kerry Washington.

    For Jake of course Macaulay Culkin, Hands down … (Just kidding). I’m not sure who would be good for Jake.

    For Roland, Clint Eastwood would’ve been perfect considering the character was based on him, however he is too old now.